The Macallan Edition No. 6 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Aged in American and European sherry-seasoned casks, this is the 6th and final release in The Macallan's Edition series. Each of the 6 single malts explored a part of the whisky-making process, this one taking its inspiration from the River Spey.
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Edition No. 6 had whisky maker Steven Bremner hand-pick 5 casks that make up its profile with its beautiful dark walnut color, complex aroma, and deep flavor. Bringing together the mastery of The Macallan and the craftsmanship Lalique, this piece of timeless elegance is the 6th and final entry in the Edition series which began in 2015 and explores the "unique and defining elements which make The Macallan one of the world’s most revered single malts." The rich and sophisticated spirit is aged in American and European sherry-seasoned casks.

Situated on a ridge above the banks of the River Spey, the Easter Elchies House has been the spiritual home of The Macallan for over three centuries. In 1820, Alexander Reid sowed the fields surrounding the rented home with barley and established the first licensed distillery on the estate, which he named Macallan after an ancient church that had been destroyed by fire during the 15th century. In the slow winter days, Reid would ferment and distill his excess grains into whisky, which was often drunk straight from the still or sold to travelers passing through the town.

Today, the Macallan Estate encompasses 370 acres, 95 of which are devoted to the production of the Macallan Estate's Minstrel barley (a single acre produces about 2.5 tons of barley each year, enough to yield 1,800 bottles of The Macallan). In addition, the distillery contracts with farmers to purchase barley that is low in nitrogen and high in starch, resulting in a rich and oily whisky.

After the harvest, the barley is malted and mashed in one of The Macallan's two mash tuns, a process that takes between four and eight hours. Then, the barley is fermented with a specially cultured yeast before being distilled twice through The Macallan's copper-pot stills. The copper comprising the stills acts as a catalyst and enhances the formation of sweet esters while minimizing impurities such as sulfur. In addition, the curiously small stills — some of "the smallest stills within the Scotch whisky industry," according to production manager Alexander Tweedie — produce a whisky with a heavy, oily flavor.

Following distillation, The Macallan distillers remove the heads and tails of the whisky and collect approximately 16% of the spirit to fill into casks for maturation. This "cut," which is among the highest of any Scottish distillery, results in a more full-bodied and richer whisky.

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Proof 97.2 (48.6% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name The Macallan Distillery
Size 750mL
The antique brass whisky has aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and oak. Plum and orange are on the palate along with oak, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, and oats. The finish has lingering fruit, chocolate, and toasted oats notes.
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